Born and Raised: A New Musical About Family From Berkeley Playhouse
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The last date listed for Born and Raised was Sunday May 8, 2011 / 5:00pm.
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Berkeley Playhouse is proud to present the third show in their fourth season and their first commissioned work for the main stage by writer/director, Jon Tracy and music composer, lyricist and director, Scott deTurk.
Formerly under the working title,_ Pride_ and now called Born & Raised, this new musical in development explores the meaning of “family” as it follows a young, San Francisco-based man trying to make sense of the paths, choices, and challenges of family members and friends, gay and straight, who have influenced his life.
Meet Connor, a young and successful comic-book artist whose life begins to unravel when his moms announce they want to marry and his hero Man-Man runs out of villains to fight. To get his mind off of work stress, Connor’s new colleague James sets him up with Lila, a journalist covering the 2004 marriage-equality battle in San Francisco.
In a series of flashbacks, we see young Connor and his best friend Jesse cope with bullies by escaping into a fantasy world of superheroes. We also meet young Lila, whose parents refuse to accept her older sister’s lesbian identity, even in the aftermath of Elena’s brutal gay-bashing.
Born and Raised boldly explores challenges facing LGBT individuals and families – including homophobia, restricted rights, and suicide – while imagining a space where healing can occur and freedom can thrive.